The Best Bold Rich & Thick Game Day Chili: Think Burgers, Fries, Hot Dogs or Straight Up!


Game Day Chili! Thick, bold, rich and rubescent; filled with deep flavors that hold their own paired with your favorite hot dogs, fries, burgers or straight up. Plan a chili bar and include a multitude of tantalizing toppings: sour cream, shredded cheeses, guacamole, corn chips, various crackers, chopped red onion–the sky’s limit!

Feel free to make it the day before because the essences grow and mellow overnight–the chilly frig nap makes this cheesy, spicy, saucy wonder deeply flavorful. However, it’s wonderful the same day as well. Perfect for Game Day or Any Day that you need a chili fix that packs a game day flavor punch!


3 lbs ground chicken & turkey or beef & pork…you pick–use one or mix all!

5-6 TBSP chili powder

3 TBSP ground coriander

4 TBSP ground cumin

3 TBSP cocoa powder

1 large onion, chopped course

1 large green pepper, chopped course

1 large red pepper, chopped course

3 stalks celery; chopped

2 TBSP Worcestershire sauce

2 TBSP sugar

1 tsp espresso powder (optional)

7 cloves garlic, crushed

1 28 ounce can tomato sauce

1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes

1/2 cup tequila or 1 cup beer

1 small can kidney beans; rinsed

1 small can pinto beans; rinsed

1 small can black beans; rinsed

1 small can garbanzo beans; rinsed

4 cups beef stock

salt & pepper to taste



Heat a large stock pot over medium-high heat. Crumble the ground meat into the hot pan, and cook until evenly browned.

Pour in the beans, crushed tomatoes and sauce. Add onion, celery, green and red bell peppers, stock and tequila or beer. Season with chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, cumin, coriander, cocoa, espresso, sugar and salt & pepper to taste. Stir to blend, then cover and simmer over low heat for at least 2 hours, stirring occasionally. After 2 hours, taste, and adjust salt, pepper, and additional chili powder if necessary. The longer the chili simmers, the better it tastes.

Serve in regular bowls or bread bowls topped with your favorite toppings such as; shredded cheese, sour cream, green or red onions, corn chips—your choice.

Ladle over fresh crispy fries, top with cheese, chopped onions, sour cream and jalapenos. 

Chili bowl photo source: mychocolatetherapy, Hot Dogs photo source: tastykitchen Fries photo source: burgerbeast




25 Comments Add yours

  1. LOL we will be eating all the junk stuff/load it up I say! Back to healthier eating the day after…Have a great weekend!

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    1. I’m with you! No holds barred until Monday morning! lol!! Thanks, hon 🙂

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  2. koolaidmoms says:

    All looks so yummy! Maybe on our list before the big game!

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    1. Thanks so much, Marci! If you give it a go I would love to know all about it! 🙂


  3. OldCountryGirl says:

    Delicious! I looove your pics. I`m getting hungry looking at them. And I like your recipe, too. The mix of spices with the touch of cocoa sounds yummy!

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    1. Thanks so much!! The spices truly make this chili! And the cocoa is a must!

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  4. Osyth says:

    That looks like a majestic chili. I have to admit though that I had one of my language barrier moments when I clicked on this expecting to find what we call game in England towit pheasant or grouse or possibly venison – stuff they shoot basically! We call this sort of game a match. Anyway, now I understand and I am really intrigued by the addition of beer and espresso – I use chocolate and wine but I will definitely give this version a go … the meats are different too. In fact, I am quite excited. Sad life I lead!

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    1. haha, Osyth! Yes, there are many interpretations of game lol! In my opinion the espresso and beer are a must! They impart unique flavors and inquisitiveness from the guests 🙂 Thanks for the laughs, hon 🙂

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  5. Wow this looks so yummy Lana! the pictures jump off the page and I want some!

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    1. haha! Thanks, Lynn!! My favorite are the chili dogs 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much, Freda!!

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  6. Nom nom nom, love me a good chili! (Except in Texas we don’t put beans in our chili, but now that I’ve been in Oregon for over 20 years I put beans in mine all the time!!!)

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    1. I would love a good recipe for Texas chili, Kathryn! I’m trying to be a good girl and eat lower carbs, but still want my chili!! lol! Thanks!!

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      1. Just google Lisa Fain The Homesick Texan. She makes several variations of chili (among other awesome Texas dishes). I have both her cookbooks, which are treasured!

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      2. Will do!! Thanks a bunch!! Have a super weekend!!

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    1. Thanks so much for sharing!


  7. Anna says:

    This all looks and sounds so amazing, Lana! Delicious! 😀 Hope you are doing well, dear friend!

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    1. Hi Anna! Thanks so much, hon! Hope you & your beautiful family are enjoying the new year! Much love ♥

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      1. Anna says:

        You’re very welcome, dear Lana! Hope you are enjoying the New Year as well! Sending love and hugs, sweet friend!

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  8. Linda says:

    Yummy chili Lana! This is the perfect season for a good chili!! 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much, Linda! Spicy & warm to comfort the soul 🙂

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